Homer's Best Bets

  • The 24th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival starts Thursday, May 12. Get out your binoculars and get ready to watch a pulse of birds — like these Western sandpipers and dunlins that flew by Mud Bay in May 2015 — and tourists who traveled from afar to view Homer’s notable bird populations.-Homer News file photo

If it slipped your mind, like it almost did the Betster’s, this serves as an official reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If mom’s in town, take her to brunch, a walk on the beach, or get nostalgic with the new Jungle Book movie showing at the Homer Theatre. Otherwise, don’t forget to pick up the phone and send some flowers — or even better, some local treat — to show Mom you appreciate that she gave you life. 

After you plan the perfect surprise for the mothers in your life, head out to the First Friday events around town on the evening of May 6. Between all the exhibits, you’ll have paintings and sculptures and bears — oh, my! — on your mind.

 

BEST KICKING AND SCREAMING BET: Enjoy this weekend’s forecasted sunny weather by watching the Homer boys and girls varsity teams play back-to-back-to-back home games against Houston, Colony and Palmer. Blow off some steam from a long week by cheering on the Mariners and yelling at the referees. See Sports on page 13 for game times.

 

BEST FROM TRASH TO TREASURE BET: Win Homer bucks for dropping off the most trash in the Homer Chamber of Commerce parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Four categories are available for the contest: recyclables, group, individuals and families. While you’re cleaning up your act, give back by clearing out last season’s meat and fish that have been taking up space in your freezers and giving it to the food pantry. Food donations can also be dropped off at the chamber of commerce parking lot. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the Lions Club, since all that cleaning can work up an appetite. 

 

BEST PLAYING WITH SHARP OBJECTS BET: If you’ve been harboring a deep desire to start carving wood, but didn’t know where to start, join Bunnell artist-in-residence Julia Harrison in a soap carving workshop on May 7 from noon-3 p.m. Learn techniques for creating negative space to carve out designs in soap, provided by Bunnell. No experience required, just bring a paring knife or two and your fine motor skills. See Arts on page 10 for more information.

 

BEST BETTER TAKE A CAB BET: Whether you’re a wannabe sommelier or  just a casual appreciator of fine beverages, The Homestead Restaurant and Alice’s Champagne Palace have you covered this weekend. Homestead Restaurant is holding a Spanish wine class with three wines and appetizers for $30 to benefit KBBI on Friday at 6 p.m. Also on Friday, Alice’s is hosting a whiskey tasting to benefit Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ place-based education programs. There is no finer way to support a worthy cause in the Betster’s humble opinion. See Calendar on page 14 for more information.

 

BEST A STITCH IN TIME BET: There are few things quainter than quilting, even in a hamlet like Homer. Get an eyeful of local quilters’ handiwork at the Kachemak Bay Quilter’s annual show at the Elks Lodge on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2 entry donation is requested.

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